69, died of cancer on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, with his close friends at his side. His mother Patricia Armstrong, brother Rick, daughter Jessica, son Marcus, and two grandsons, Braden and Bryce, survive him. Malcolm was born in England into what he claimed is the smallest group in the world: children of good parents. He and his family immigrated to the U.S. in the 1950s, and he spent much of his youth on the beaches of southern California realizing his only true ambition-that of being a beach bum (though he did want to be a magician at one point). He enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam. Disillusioned following his discharge, Malcolm returned to England for more than a decade. Upon his return to the U.S. he took up residence at the Sonoma Coast, and later in Forestville. He has been a part of the river community for more than 20 years. Never quick to anger, and always quick to smile, he enjoyed garage sales and playing practical jokes, even if they disturbed some people. Malcolm will be missed and his place not easily filled. A celebration in his honor will be held at the Forestville Youth Park on September 7, 2013, at 1:00 p.m.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Sept. 5 to Sept. 7, 2013